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Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop Book Signing

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It was a rainy day in the French Quarter this past Sunday. The Krewe of Barkus was scheduled to parade their costumed dogs throughout the French Quarter. At Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop on Toulouse Street, an eclectic bookstore that sells cookbooks, vinyl and homeade spices. I, the author of New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking was scheduled to sign cookbooks and serve some of the dishes from my cookbook. I went earlier that morning to ‘make groceries’ at a Mid-City Latin grocery store on Broad Street called Ideal Market. A grocery store where many Hondurans, Haitians and day laborers frequent for a hot lunch or to shop for the family. I made my selections for my Cuban Chicken Soup and Garbanzos with Crawfish and Louisiana Smoked Sausage (Purchased the crawfish tails and Louisiana Smoked Sausage at Rouses) recipe and off to my kitchen to make two big pots of food. 

When I arrived at Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop with my food wrapped, hot and ready for Philipe’s (the owner’s) crockpots, I was in heaven! I am a super nerd and I love antiques and anything vintage. Which is probably why I love New Orleans so much. It gets me and I get this city. The rain came tumbling down yet the Mardi Gras paraders kept on parading with their dogs while clutching their ‘to go’ cups. I was nervous. We reached out to everyone but its tough to host an event with no parking, in the middle of the parades and when its raining. However, thanks to the only Latina (Cuban) tour guide who was at my cookbook signing, she pulled people in from the streets and enticed them with the smell of my food, beer and wine. 

I met some really awesome people and I am so grateful that we sold most of my cookbooks. Everyone left with a full belly, a memorable experience of New Orleans that they will take back to the city they reside in and my cookbook – a new addition to their kitchen library. Sunday was a good day! Thanks Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop. Support local bookstores!

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Barnes &Noble Book Signing Mandeville, Louisiana

I had a blast at my book signing today! I met some really cool people and signed some copies on this rainy day. I met a Peruvian personal chef and she really got me thinking about opening my personal chef business here in Louisiana. I love to come in a home or business and cook for people. I love that moment when my clients taste my food and I see the look on their faces. Priceless!!! Now that I have published my first cookbook, I am really thinking about what 2014 will look like. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to scheduling more book signings at other Barnes & Nobles throughout Louisiana, New York and Chicago and bringing Latino Who Dat Nation in 2014 to a city near you!

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That was DECADENT!!! I had so much fun speaking and signing books for my book New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking!!!Thanks New Orleans socialite Margarita Bergen!!!!

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I have always loved traveling on trains since I was a little girl. It is something so romantic and poetic about the train. Instead of flying from Chicago back to New Orleans I always catch the train. It gives me a great chance to meet people from all walks of life and promote my book. I am sooo looking forward to two scheduled book signings this month. 1) Royal Sonesta Hotel/ Margarita Bergen Roundtable and Barnes & Noble Mandeville, LA. Happy Holidays y’all and stay tuned for pics from those events.

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